Congratulations to Michigan State University Extension staff members Janet Olsen, Karen Pace and Dionardo Pizaña for winning the 2012 Excellence In Diversity Award (EIDA). The three were nominated in the team category, “Emerging Progress – Excellence Within Community,” and the team is one of the 2012 EIDA cash award winners.
The team members are recognized for their work in developing and delivering programs to help reduce the incidence of bullying among youth and to counteract the effects of bullying on those who experience it. Janet, Karen and Dionardo have been innovative in developing curricula in addition to their work in providing training on multicultural diversity and its value in organizations such as ours.
EIDA is an award program that recognizes outstanding efforts of faculty, students and staff members at MSU who are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion and who actively engage in activities that demonstrate their commitment to these principles.
MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and Provost Kim Wilcox will present the team with the award Feb. 17, 2012, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center.
When asked to talk about the award, all three team members expressed appreciation for the opportunity to learn from and work with each other and in partnership with communities. All three are honored by the recognition, but realize the work would not be possible without the support and trust of staff and community partners willing to commit to justice and inclusion.
I am honored to work with Dionardo, Janet and Karen. They are great leaders in helping MSUE to become more effective in addressing the challenges that face Michigan and to help us all realize the potential that we can tap when our programs are inclusive of Michigan’s tremendous diversity.